Delicious and easy to make fennel salad with apple, celery and some roasted almonds over the top. Also perfect to bring to lunch as it keeps quite well. Most of the ingredients (if not all) are available in your local grocery store. The salad can also serve as a side dish.

Fennel salad with apple

Fennel salad with apple 

I think fennel and apple are sort of made for each other. And the same goes with celery which I’ve added here as well. Lovely and crunchy apple fennel salad recipe! Now you don’t need a lot of ingredients for this perfect salad. You need some sweet apples, one fennel bulb and a few sticks of celery. I made the fennel apple salad for one person, so I’ve used three sticks of celery. You can use more or less if you want. You can switch it up and use the whole fennel bulb and half of the celery. It also largely depends on the size of your fennel. That can vary widely!

In order to make this crunchy salad you take a large bowl and slice the fennel in thin slices. It’s even easier if you have a mandolin. I don’t own one so I cut it with a sharp knife. That works well. You can save the fennel fronds for decoration if you want. For the apples I used my favorite apple, pink lady, but use whatever apple species you like. 

Fennel salad with apple

With a sausage

Now I made this salad with a sausage (garlic and parsley sausage) but that is totally optional. If you want to use this as a side salad you might want to leave out the sausage all together. Or if you want to keep it vegetarian you also leave out the sausage. You can replace it with something like crunchy halloumi bits if you want to have something additional.

Salad dressing

For the salad dressing I used my latest favorite dressing ingredient; crispy chili oil. I love adding that to almost anything and everything and in this salad it gives a nice extra spice and increases the flavors. Of course if you don’t have crispy chili oil but still want the kick, you can replace for harissa, sambal or sriracha. Or try chipotle. I love the smoky flavor of that as well. You can also make a regular dressing with extra virgin olive oil, some apple cider vinegar and a little lemon juice. You mix those in a small bowl (I like using a mini whisk for that purpose)

Fennel salad with apple

Additions and variations

Now you can very easily change this recipe to suit your needs. I already mentioned it is very easy to bring for a work lunch as it keeps quite well. I do like to keep the dressing separate until I’m ready to use it. 

In terms of changes and additions; a little bit of red onion would be delicious here and I sometimes also like to add some goat cheese in it. Or try it with feta. I love fennel and feta too! Adding a bit of parmesan cheese would also be delicious. I would go for parmesan shavings in that case. Not grated. Although grating some extra parmesan through the dressing would be a good option too.

As mentioned you can substitute the sausage for halloumi or why not try it with crispy chorizo or smoked chicken instead? Some peppery arugula will also be a good addition to the salad. 

Fennel salad with apple

Fennel salad with apple and celery

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Delicious crunchy salad with fennel, apple and celery.
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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes
Total time 15 minutes

1 person


  • 1/2 fennel thinly sliced
  • 1 apple diced
  • 3 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp almond shavings toasted
  • 3 sprigs flat parsley chopped
  • 1 sausage


  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp crispy chili oil
  • 1 lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper

How to make the fennel salad with apple

  • Place the fennel, apple and celery together in a bowl. Drizzle with the juice of half a lemon to prevent discoloration.
  • Fry the sausage until cooked in the olive oil, slice and add to the salad. Chop the parsley and mix with the salad.
  • Toast the almond shavings and sprinkle over the salad
  • Make the dressing by mixing the mayonnaise with the crispy chili oil and the juice of the other lemon half. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 1328mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1130IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist